Being Thankful

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

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We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

 

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Being Thankful

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Suzanne Cannon’s calligraphy is truly beautiful and I’m “being thankful” that she made this Set for us to use.

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I used the Walnut Hollow Chippendale Plate and the Circle Thin Mini Plaque for my surface. The DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish, Vintage was perfect to enhance the colors of the wonderful Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection, Birds of a Feather paper. I used a large flat brush to basecoat both the Plate and the Circle with Vintage Chalky Finish. The paint is so thick and creamy, you’ll only need one coat. After the paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand everything with fine sandpaper.

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I used Tombow® Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the paper to the center of the Plate.

To die cut the scallop circles, I used Spellbinders® Classic Scallop Circles with a matching blue and ivory cardstock.

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Using Clearsnap® Colorbox® Mudslide with a sponge applicator, I created more of a vintage look on all of the papers as well as the plate itself.

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I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiments: “Being Thankful” on the ivory paper, “for family”, “for friends”, “for blessings” and “for you” around the Plate.

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To adhere the Circle Plaque to the Plate, I used Tombow® Power Tabs – they will do a great job of holding the wood plaque to the paper.

Now it’s just a matter of display – you can hang it on a wall, or place it on an easel. Either way it’s a welcome addition to any home décor. For the Fall Thanksgiving Holiday or year round.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my “Being Thankful” Plate! Now go see what Yogi and Holly have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Valentine Treat Stand

Walnut Hollow DIY Plate Cake Stand My favorite part about Valentine’s Day is the excuse to eat sweet treats! Going with that idea I decided to create a treat stand for this Valentine’s Day! I know that not everyone likes the Hallmark Holiday- but who could argue with cupcakes and cookies?? This project was very simple to create and could be applied to any holiday with a simple change of color. I started with both sizes of Walnut Hollow’s Round Plates. We carry the plates in 11.5″ and 9.5″. They are made of Basswood and are made in America. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I sanded both sides of the plates with a hand sander then sprayed the 9.5″ plate with Krylon Gloss Ballet Slipper spray paint and the 11.5″ plate with Krylon Gloss Mambo Pink spray paint. Sanding Plate Krylon Spray PaintI sprayed the basswood plates and let them dry. I sanded the surface of the plates a little more to make sure they were smooth then added two more coats of spray paint letting the pieces dry in between coats. Spraying Mambo Pink onto Wood Plate Spraying Ballet Slipper onto Wood Plate Once both plates were shiny and fully coated, I turned them upside down to paint the flat surface of the bottom of the plate with Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Painting It took 2 coats to cover the Mambo Pink and 3 coats to cover the Ballet Slipper. I let the paint dry overnight then conditioned the surface with a stick of white chalk. To condition: rub chalk all over chalkboard surface then wipe off with a dry paper towel.

Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions on the chalkboard paint. If you use a different type then it might advise you to do something differently.

I added some chalk embellishments to the chalkboard surface of both plates. I used a Chalk Ink marker. These are great! They look like paint but are actually chalk! That means you can erase it! IMG_2688

Plates and hearts

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After I was happy with my hearts I used E6000 glue to adhere my dollar store candle sticks to the wood plates.

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I put the glue along the rim of the candle stick then pushed it into place on the wood surface.

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After I finished assembling my stand and let the glue dry I filled it with Valentine’s Day treats… and there it is… the perfect excuse for some sweet treats!
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HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY!!